The U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church for nearly two decades, but this year that tradition will not continue.
Fort Gordon officials have reported that they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church as it would violate a military policy that bans any involvement in a religious service.
“While there are conditions under which the Army can participate in events conducted at a house of worship, we cannot participate in the context of a religious service,” Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews told Fox News.
“It was an absolute shock,” said Brad Whitt, the current pastor of Abilene Baptist Church. “What a sad commentary on the state of affairs in America – when we cannot even allow the flags to fly if they are in a church building.”
“We’ve had a tremendous working relationship with the fort,” he stated. “We’ve hosted all sorts of events for military families. We really try to show our love and respect and we try to honor our military folks.”
Pastor Whitt was confused by the Army’s slight as Fort Gordon has been providing an honor guard for the past 20 years.
“They have participated for the past two decades and now they are saying – no,” he stated. “This is just another example of the secularization of America.”
The Pentagon will not allow an honor guard to attend a church service; however, they have no problem allowing them to march in a gar pride parade.
Just last year, the Department of Defense granted permission for an honor guard to participate in Washington, D.C.’s gay pride parade. In addition, an honor guard will march in the 2015 Capital Pride parade later this year.
by AWR HAWKINS
During a Monday interview with Fox News’ David Webb, Fox News’ contributor Karl Rove walked back his Fathers’ Day comments in which he said “violence involving guns” is not going away “until somebody gets enough oomph to repeal the Second Amendment.”
His exact words, from Sunday:
So, we have come a long way. Now, maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these. I mean, basically, the only way to guarantee that we would dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough oomph to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.
I don’t think it’s an answer.
Although Rove made these comments during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, a video of the comments was never posted by Fox News. Other videos from that show were posted, but not Rove’s comments on the Second Amendment.
With the backlash against the comments growing, Rove appeared with Webb the next day to address the situation.
Webb asked: “So your statement caught a few people’s ears, let’s call it that. I read it, and I looked at it, and I’m guessing there was a little bit of sarcasm in there. Was there a hint of sarcasm?”
People always in moments like this, some politicians look for magic answers. And I don’t think this is an answer, as I said. I went on to describe what I think we ought to be focused on now, which is, we had warning signs from this young man. He talked to friends about it, he talked to other individuals about it. He went on the internet and openly explained what he was going to do and somehow or another we missed those signs.
We need more personal responsibility in our society, in my opinion, in which friends and family and community care about each other to take these things seriously. The idea that somehow or another this could have been prevented by some gun control act just simply is not accurate. Take Chicago, it has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books and it’s a murder capital. It’s because when you take away the right to keep and bear arms bad people keep and bear arms and use them.
As I said… On Fox News Sunday, this is not an answer.
“We can never know why someone snaps, but I bet you I know where he got his news,” Maher said
BY CHUCK ROSS
Comedian Bill Maher said conservative media — including the Drudge Report, Fox News and The Daily Caller — may have a hand in inspiring Dylann Roof to shoot up a black church in Charleston, S.C. this week.
Maher was discussing the massacre with a panel on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” that included Daily Caller senior contributor Matt Lewis.
“We can never know why someone snaps, but I bet you I know where he got his news,” Maher said, referring to Roof, who killed nine people in the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.
“I looked at your website the last week,” Maher continued, referring to The Daily Caller. “There were a lot of stories about black people. A lot of stories.”
“Same with Matt Drudge,” the host added. “I think they present a really twisted view. I’m not surprised this guy thought ‘they’re taking over the country.’”
Maher then compared Fox News to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen and al-Qaida operative who was killed in a 2011 drone strike. The Obama administration defended targeting al-Awlaki by claiming that as an influential imam he helped radicalize terrorists in the Middle East.
“I wouldn’t say we should be droning Fox News,” Maher said, “but we did drone Anwar al-Awlaki because he inspired people. He didn’t do any terrorist acts, but he did inspire people.”
by IAN HANCHETT18 Jun 2015791
South Carolina State House Minority Leader Rep. J. Todd Rutherford (D) argued that the shooting at a church in Charleston was due to the fact that the shooter “watches things like Fox News” among other factors on Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead.”
Rutherford, who was friends with one of those killed in the shooting, said, “The problem is this, the rhetoric in South Carolina, the rhetoric nationwide, has led people to believe like this young man, that it’s okay to walk into a church and take nine lives. That it’s okay to take the life of a state senator, that it’s okay to sit in a church, and pray with people for an hour before you decide to take their lives. It’s not okay. It needs to change.”
He continued, “South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a hate crimes law. South Carolina is still the only state that I am aware of that still flies a Confederate flag in front of the State House dome. South Carolina represents, and is emblematic of the problem, which is words that come from these networks that broadcast what they call news, but it’s not. It’s really hate speech and coded language, and leads people to believe that they can walk into a church, because it’s no longer a house of God, it’s a killing ground. It’s a place they can feel free to desecrate and leave blood everywhere, and that’s what this young man did. And he did so based on some ill-gotten belief, on some wrong belief that it’s okay to do that. He hears that, because he watches the news, and he watches things like Fox News, where they talk about things that they call news, but they’re really not. They use that coded language, they use hate speech, they talk about the president as if he’s not the president. They talk about church-goers as if they’re really not church-goers. And that’s what this young man acted on. That’s why he could walk into a church and treat people like animals when they’re really human beings.”
BY TERRESA MONROE-HAMILTON
You betcha! When I heard this statement from Obama yesterday, all I could think was ‘here it comes.’ He will use the FCC to do his dirty work and in moves that look a lot like the Fairness Doctrine, when Net Neutrality kicks in, they will start by censoring the Internet. Conservative media such as Fox News and Drudge will be hit first and it will go something like this I bet… either provide opposing views on an issue equally or get fined and/or shut down. It will be de facto censorship. After they are done with the big boys, they will come for big blogs and then the little guys. I saw this coming long ago.
For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power to keep them poor. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty.
We’re used to this Obama, the forever-partisan who has never seen himself as president of all the people but only of those who worship him.
What was most revealing about the president’s comments was his expressed desire to “change how the media reports.”
Speaking of Fox News, the poor, and the way GOP leaders think, Obama said, [W]e’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”
Here is the full transcript:
I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like. And how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.
After seven failed years, to watch Obama sit there and discuss the poor as though he is part of the solution and not the problem, is laughable.
And let’s not forget that Obama knows nothing about poverty. He has lived a privileged life.
Obama attended prep schools as a child, lived with his well-to-do grandparents in Honolulu as a teen, where he attended Panahou, a fancy private school. Both of his grandparents were well educated; she even worked as the vice president of a bank. For a time, Obamahad a nanny! From there Obama attended Occidental College in California, was well off enough to visit Pakistan for 3 weeks; he then attended two of the most prestigious colleges in the country: Columbia and Harvard.
The closest Obama has ever come to experiencing anything close to poverty was during his time as a community organizer in Chicago. And in that dynamic, the poor were just pawns for Obama to manipulate to achieve his political ambitions.
Obama knows nothing of struggle, or what life is like for those who do. And after 7 years of his failed economic policies, we also know he doesn’t give a damn enough about the poor to change his policies in a way that might actually help them.
Obama likes poor people fine — he likes them dependent on the government.
He also likes the news media to do what it’s told.
Obama doesn’t care about the poor. As Nolte says, he has nothing in common with them. They are simply pawns in a chess game to accomplish Marxist goals that he has had planned forever. If Obama can control the media and outlets that actually distribute real news, a la Venezuela or Cuba, he can control the people. Right now he is controlling everything a dictator needs: food, shelter, money supply, military and the media – that isn’t a Constitutional Republic… that is tyranny. And Obama is not alone – he has Progressive allies on both sides of the political aisle helping him. Obama is acting daily more and more like a fascist king and no one is stopping him effectively. After censoring the news, can martial law be far behind, I wonder.